The Making of Freddy vs. Jason & How You Can Apply it to Your Film

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Freddy vs. Jason, Shark Night, Cellular, Shoot 'Em Up

Doug recently served as Line Producer and Production Manager overseeing extensive re-shoots on IM Global's "Fifty Shades of Black". Curtis also served as Executive Producer and Unit Production Manager on Relativity Media's "Shark Night". He was also Executive Producer on a number of New Line Cinema Feature films including: "Shoot 'Em Up", "Cellular", "Freddy vs. Jason", "Friday After Next", "All About the Benjamins" and "Next Friday". Douglas Curtis' extensive career in the entertainment industry covers a wide variety of genres ranging from science fiction to horror to comedy to action films. Curtis was co-producer and Unit Production Manager on Zide-Perry Entertainment's "Repli-Kate", MTV/Paramount Pictures,' "The Wood" and HBO's "Shadow of Doubt". He also worked as a co-producer/Line Producer on Paramount Picture's "Save the Last Dance". As a producer, his credits include MGM/Rysher Entertainment's "The Eighteenth Angel", "Gunfighters Moon" and "Judicial Consent". For Trimark Entertainment Curtis produced "The Philadelphia Experiment II". For New World Pictures he produced "The Philadelphia Experiment", "Black Moon Rising" and "Nice Girls Don't Explode". He both produced and directed "The Sleeping Car" and "The Hazing". He has also served as 2nd unit director on a number of his films including "Black Moon Rising" and "Judicial Consent". Among Curtis' other credits are "Madame Claude 2", "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and "Take This Job and Shove It on which he served as a production supervisor for Avco Embassy Pictures. Curtis currently serves as CEO-Founder of Quarter Town Films (QTF) a Los Angeles based development and production company where he is developing a number of feature film projects including "The Money Cave", a family film, in the vein of Goonies and Stand by Me, which was written by and will be directed by Thomas Koveleskie, his partner at QTF. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, Curtis graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theater and Film. He began his career in TV commercials where he produced and directed nearly 200 national and regional commercials and a number of award winning documentaries and corporate image films. In 1992 Curtis formed Prelude Pictures, a joint venture with Neufeld-Rheme Production in association with Paramount Pictures, where he developed a wide slate of feature films including New Line Cinema's "Lost In Space". Curtis also has a consulting website; dougcurtisfilmconsultant.com, through which he consults on a wide variety of feature film related issues including; budgeting, scheduling, film incentives, locations, unions and guilds (SAG, DGA, WGA and IATSE) and many more. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

This Halloween, take a peak behind the scenes of one of the most successful horror films of all time Freddy vs. Jason, which was made for $30MM and has grossed over $114M worldwide.

We’re bringing in the Executive Producer of Freddy vs. Jason, Douglas Curtis, to teach you about how FvJ came together, what made it so successful and how you can apply it to your own horror film. If you love horror films, you don’t want to miss this webinar!

What You'll Learn

Doug will go over the making of Freddy vs. Jason and in each section will tell you how you can apply the same principles to your own horror film!

Budget

  • How to budget, even, a low budget film using the same logic used to budget FvJ

Schedule

  • How a large scale production like FvJ was made on a short timeline
  • How you can schedule your own film to bring it in on time  

Pre-pre-production

  • All the critical decisions and actions that had to be made before a production office was opened for FvJ
  • Things you should think of before you even enter pre-production


Hiring key crew

  • The most important crew hires we made in order to make the film within our budget and schedule
  • Hires you absolutely need for your horror/genre film


Pre-Production

  • How we were able to crew up, cast, and plan this very complex film with limited pre-production time
  • What you should do during pre-production for your own film


Production

  • How each department worked together to make the film on budget and ahead of schedule
  • How you can pull the departments to do the same for your own production.

Director

  • Decisions the director had to make before and during the making of the film
  • Things your director should be thinking of

Practical vs Digital effects

  • How the film was made using mostly practical physical effects vs digital visual affects to create the characters and the scares
  • How you can incorporate effects into your own film

Stunts

  • A close look at the many stunts in the film and how Freddy Kruger’s stunts were staged using Robert Englund to do many of his own stunts

Production Design

  • A close look at the production design and how the many sets were designed and created for the film
  • How you can get creative with production design

Special Effects Makeup

  • A close look at creating the Freddy Krueger makeup and what had to happen before Freddy Kruger could walk onto the set
  • Why SFX makeup is important for the final product

Slash of the Titans

  • Thoughts on the excellent book that tells how Freddy vs Jason was made, from the very beginning until the film was in the theaters.

Q&A with Doug

About Your Instructor

Doug recently served as Line Producer and Production Manager overseeing extensive re-shoots on IM Global's "Fifty Shades of Black". Curtis also served as Executive Producer and Unit Production Manager on Relativity Media's "Shark Night". He was also Executive Producer on a number of New Line Cinema Feature films including: "Shoot 'Em Up", "Cellular", "Freddy vs. Jason", "Friday After Next", "All About the Benjamins" and "Next Friday".

Douglas Curtis' extensive career in the entertainment industry covers a wide variety of genres ranging from science fiction to horror to comedy to action films.

Curtis was co-producer and Unit Production Manager on Zide-Perry Entertainment's "Repli-Kate", MTV/Paramount Pictures,' "The Wood" and HBO's "Shadow of Doubt". He also worked as a co-producer/Line Producer on Paramount Picture's "Save the Last Dance". As a producer, his credits include MGM/Rysher Entertainment's "The Eighteenth Angel", "Gunfighters Moon" and "Judicial Consent". For Trimark Entertainment Curtis produced "The Philadelphia Experiment II". For New World Pictures he produced "The Philadelphia Experiment", "Black Moon Rising" and "Nice Girls Don't Explode". He both produced and directed "The Sleeping Car" and "The Hazing". He has also served as 2nd unit director on a number of his films including "Black Moon Rising" and "Judicial Consent". Among Curtis' other credits are "Madame Claude 2", "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and "Take This Job and Shove It on which he served as a production supervisor for Avco Embassy Pictures. Curtis currently serves as CEO-Founder of Quarter Town Films (QTF) a Los Angeles based development and production company where he is developing a number of feature film projects including "The Money Cave", a family film, in the vein of Goonies and Stand by Me, which was written by and will be directed by Thomas Koveleskie, his partner at QTF.

Born in Dodge City, Kansas, Curtis graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theater and Film. He began his career in TV commercials where he produced and directed nearly 200 national and regional commercials and a number of award winning documentaries and corporate image films. In 1992 Curtis formed Prelude Pictures, a joint venture with Neufeld-Rheme Production in association with Paramount Pictures, where he developed a wide slate of feature films including New Line Cinema's "Lost In Space".

Curtis also has a consulting website; dougcurtisfilmconsultant.com, through which he consults on a wide variety of feature film related issues including; budgeting, scheduling, film incentives, locations, unions and guilds (SAG, DGA, WGA and IATSE) and many more.

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